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India Post-Railways business model delivers parcels to customer’s doorstep – The New Indian Express

Express press service

BENGALURU: A total of 1.52 tons of incense sticks (agarbathis) were transported from KSR Bengaluru station to Visakhapatnam station on board the Prashanti Express on Thursday afternoon, the first train to operate as a joint venture in the South India between India Post and the Railways.

This is only the second rail route in India to be covered under the Joint Parcel Product Scheme between Union Government Departments. The consignment in 44 boxes left at 1.40pm on train No. 18464 which goes up to Bhubaneswar. Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Circle, S Rajendra Kumar said, “The first such venture was from Surat to Varanasi with textile products in April this year.

The crucial part for the businesses is the first and last mile connectivity provided by India Post by picking up and dropping off the consignment at the doorsteps of the businesses. “The customer no longer needs to visit the station as in the past, because we take care of it entirely. We are already receiving requests from other cities and the service to Raipur in Chhattisgarh will be the next of its kind,” he said.

Chief Commercial Manager (Passenger Services), SWR, Dr. Anup Dayanand Sadhu, said the business through India Post opens up a whole new revenue stream for the railways.

“This is a pilot project. The railways will provide intermediate connectivity under the program. We charge Rs 5.72 per kg for our service while India Post will charge Rs 6 per kg,” he said. A statement from the railways said a total freight cost of Rs 7,883 was charged for the carriage.

BENGALURU: A total of 1.52 tons of incense sticks (agarbathis) were transported from KSR Bengaluru station to Visakhapatnam station on board the Prashanti Express on Thursday afternoon, the first train to operate as a joint venture in the South India between India Post and the Railways. This is only the second rail route in India to be covered under the Joint Parcel Product Scheme between Union Government Departments. The consignment in 44 boxes left at 1.40pm on train No. 18464 which goes up to Bhubaneswar. Chief Postmaster General, Karnataka Circle, S Rajendra Kumar said, “The first such venture was from Surat to Varanasi with textile products in April this year. The crucial part for the businesses is the first and last mile connectivity provided by India Post by picking up and dropping off the consignment at the doorsteps of the businesses. “The customer no longer needs to visit the station as in the past, because we take care of it entirely. We are already receiving requests from other cities and the service to Raipur in Chhattisgarh will be the next of its kind,” he said. Chief Commercial Manager (Passenger Services), SWR, Dr. Anup Dayanand Sadhu, said the business through India Post opens up a whole new revenue stream for the railways. “This is a pilot project. The railways will provide intermediate connectivity under the program. We charge Rs 5.72 per kg for our service while India Post will charge Rs 6 per kg,” he said. A statement from the railways said a total freight cost of Rs 7,883 was charged for the carriage.